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“Inviting, cosy pub atmosphere”

Harrigan's Irish Pub
Ranked #29 of 76 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Enjoyed some gambling in the bar & drinks, then lunch in the restaurant area which was hearty for the time of year we were there. Atmosphere is relaxed & comfortable.

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Thank 72sunbird
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Well priced food - good choice of food,happy helpful staff. Have eaten here 4 or 5 times now & always been pleased. It is ideal for families & groups - not so much for a romantic dinner for 2!!

Thank TealyPuff
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I have very mixed feelings about Harrigans. Its the only pub in the Hunter Valley, so for that reason you've got to love it and it can be an excellent place to hang out, but on the other hand its a bit annoying in lots of ways.

It works best in summer when you can sit outside and I generally think its better in the afternoon than the night.
It only really has one public bar area and the actual bar/service area is too small and the public bar is pokey, angled, strange and not very user friendly. Big groups (which is what the Hunter is all about on weekends) fill the place up very quickly, make getting served a problem, especially because they often seem to be short of staff when its busy (and forget serious punting when its like this, access to the TAB terminal is hopeless). Crowds also make it very noisey. However sometimes this creates good atmosphere, especially when there's a big footy game on the screens. There's not much seating inside, so expect to stand, but there's plenty of seating outside. However, without the crowds, sometimes the place is gloomy and dead, in which case it can be a nice place to sit and read the paper over a quite beer.

Remember its a pub in a valley of vineyards. The beer is therefore the main reason to go there and you will often find famous local winemakers and their staff knocking back a cold one. The beer is good and there's a fairly wide range, but its quite expensive. The wine list however is very lame by Hunter Valley standards and I don't understand why Harrigans doesn't sell more of the excellent local wines. You would be mad to go to the pub for wine when you can go to the vineyards or the good restaurants.

Harrigan's restaurant is like a franchise steakhouse restaurant, or an RSL club bistro. It gets very crowded and you need to book on most Friday and Saturday nights. You queue-up to order at a register, grab your cutlery and condiments and wait for the meals to show up (usually staggered). The meals are big hearty fare; steaks with "medium rare" flags stuck in them, schnitzels, pork belly, barramundi, etc, smothered in generic sauces, accompanied by pre-prepared vege/salad dishes and mountains of chips. There's nothing really wrong with the food, but its not cheap and you can do SO much better in the Hunter Valley. Its really giving-up to eat at Harrigans; you're better starting off there with beers, then going somewhere good to eat and enjoy the wine.

Overall, its a reasonable pub and you can have a very enjoyable time there, but it could be so much better. I wish Harrigans had some competition from another pub so it was forced to pick its act up a bit.

Thank Vanmerino
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We went to Harrigans on our first night in the Hunter Valley. We had the courtesy bus come and collect us from our hotel. As it was quite busy, we sat in the sports bar area for a few drinks then decided to go over and order some food. I was absolutely impressed with the steak & salad I ordered. The mushroom sauce was the best and had chunks of mushroom in it. The live band was great.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Visited on Saturday for a family lunch, the place was vibarant but not overly busy. After ordering lunch we were advised that the delay was 15 to 20 minutes. After asking twice where the meals were as the clock approached 1 hour, we requested complimentray breads. This was not a problem and then admittedley a staff member did try to apologise and offered a round of complimenatray drinks, which we declined, as we had already had 3 drinks. This gesture at least lifted them from a poor or very bad rating. It makes it hard to enjoy your food when you are put into a disappointed mind frame after outlaying good money for the whoel family to enjoy an early Fathers Day. Reading the feedbacks, this happens a few times too often.

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Thank Brian C
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